Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Saudi affairs, explaining the reasons and consequences of the withdrawal of US defense systems from Saudi Arabia, said: Realizing the formal end of US support for its regional policies, especially under the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia has concluded that it will have to pay heavier costs if it continues its adventurous policies.
Tag: War on Yemen
Strategic Council Online – An expert on Africa and Middle East affairs, referring to the escalation of the conflict in Ma’rib, said that liberation of that important and strategic province of Yemen is nearing a sensitive stage.
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: Recognizing Ansarollah by the US government is one of the main developments of the Yemen case. Recently, U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking during a speech in the meeting of the NCUSAR (National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations), announced that the US recognizes the Houthis as a legal party and a group with many achievements in Yemen and this group alone is not responsible for violence and is part of an Arab coalition. Alongside the US, the British government has also recognized Ansarollah.
Barsam Mohammadi—Analyst of international issues
Strategic Council Online- Although the joint Statement issued by G-7 foreign ministers is the declaration of position on their common foreign policy, which is not very important from this point of view, but from paradigm point of view, as it plans to harbor a self-made notion at this historical juncture of the world, it requires to be paid attention meticulously by thinkers and to prevent the conceptual idea made by its interpretation.
Aabed Akbari, Expert on International Affairs
Strategic Council Online- It was March 26, 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition over-all air raids of the regional countries launched against Yemen called Operation Decisive Storm. The US and Israel played logistic role plus supplying weapons and equipments in the war. The operation was supposed to finish within a few weeks, achieving tangible results and pre-determined objectives.
Barsaam Mohammadi, international analyst.
Strategic Council Online – A faculty member of the University of Tehran, referring to the reasons for the dispute between Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Yemen, stressed: Given that the two countries are in different situations and have different points of view, their alliance is questionable and it is possible that their past relations in the region will totally fade away.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of US affairs says the Biden administration has not yet made an achievement in many domestic areas such as consolidating social cohesion, restrictions concerning the use of weapons and racial discrimination especially in the police structure.
Strategic Council Online – Note: Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in his visit to Saudi Arabia signed two agreements on military cooperation between the two countries. According to the signed document, Greece is supposed to deliver one of the Patriot missiles received from the United States to Saudi Arabia, a move that could be the result of Saudi Arabia’s failure against Yemeni missiles and drones. The US-made Patriot anti-aircraft systems will be used to protect Saudi Arabia’s most important oil facilities, and the Greek systems will be used to protect other important military bases in that country. In recent months, Saudi Arabia has been under the burden of missile and drone strikes by the Yemeni armed forces and has never been able to thwart those attacks with its own defense systems.
Mahmoud Fazeli – analyst of international affairs
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs, commenting on the latest political and military developments in Yemen, said that the current developments in Yemen have serious distinctions compared to the developments of the last 6 years, which are indicative of new events.
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of West Asia affairs said that Saudi Arabia is the cradle of ISIS line of thinking and that Mohammed bin Salman’s approach to social reform is contradictory, adding: There is potentials for great socio-political changes in Saudi Arabia, but they have forcefully prevented this by spending huge money and through false propaganda.
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of West Asia affairs said that the repeated presentation of the ceasefire plan by Saudi Arabia was done solely for the purpose of hindering the progress in Ma’rib Province, adding that Saudi Arabia is trying to buy time to make it clear to the United States and the West that they seek peace and deceive the public opinion by saying that they are after putting an end to the war and seek peace and ceasefire.
Strategic Council Online – Without considering the ground realities in Yemen and without taking into account common concerns of Riyadh and Western capitals, it is not possible to understand the reasons for the change in propaganda and declared positions of Washington officials and their so-called peaceful movements in Yemen.
Jafar Qanadbashi – expert on the Middle East affairs
Strategic Council Online – A faculty member of the Center for Strategic Studies, referring to the threats mentioned in the interim national security document of the Biden administration, said: This document emphasizes the competition between the great powers and the threat of changing the distribution of power in the international system and in the US foreign policy, unlike in the past, terrorism and extremism are no longer the primary threat to the US national security.
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: When the Saudi court started the invasion of Yemen and attacked this territory from the land, air, and sea with the hope of capturing it in several days and destroy Ansarallah, the Saudis and their regional and international allies could not have even imagined that this war, despite the huge damages on Yemen, would not end in the overthrow of the Ansarallah and the occupation of Yemen and the establishment of a Saudi-allied regime, but would turn into a turning point for the mighty display of the power of the Islamic resistance and the shameful failure of the Saudi regime.
Hamid Khoshayand—international issues analyst
Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asia affairs said that Ansarollah’s advances in Ma’rib have put Saudi Arabia in a diplomatic and security dilemma adding that the country will not be able to withstand further damage and attacks and it seems that this crisis is approaching its final months.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs and faculty member at the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies commented on the UAE and Saudi Arabia relations with the United States during Donald Trump presidency and said those states were able to use the atmosphere created by Trump’s foreign policy in the region and pursue their maximum goals and interests.
Strategic Council Online – The start of Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen on March 25, 2015 and the unequal continuation of this war to the present time has led to the emergence of a huge swamp for the Saudi coalition after six years as such that the United States and the pro-Saudi coalition governments are desperately looking for a solution to this crisis. In fact, the main question will be whether the end of the Yemen war is a strategic necessity for the countries involved in this crisis or the political life of this crisis is nearing the end of its life?
Kourosh Salehi – International affairs expert
Strategic Council Online – Positions and remarks of the officials of the new US administration show that the war in Yemen is one of the important topics on the agenda of the White House in the field of foreign policy. As US President Joe Biden described in his first foreign policy speech the Yemen war: “a war which has created humanitarian and strategic catastrophe. …This war has to end.”
Hamid Khoshayand – Analyst of international affairs
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs predicted that a tense period is awaiting US-Saudi relations.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs, commenting on the differences between US foreign policy towards Yemen during Donald Trump’s presidency and under Joe Biden, said: Biden’s policy on putting an end to the war in Yemen is not about human rights issues; rather what he follows in ending the war is to help its ally, Saudi Arabia, which is entrapped in that crisis.